Harvest Trail Inquiry

picture of tractor picking fruit on the harvest trailHarvest Trail Report

We recently released our Harvest Trail Inquiry report, which details the results of our review of workplace arrangements on the Harvest Trail. We started this work in response to employee and community concerns that the FWO had received about non-compliance with Australian workplace laws.

Download the Harvest Trail Inquiry Report (PDF 9.7MB) (DOCX 6.2MB) for more information.


Every year, seasonal harvest workers follow the ‘Harvest Trail’ of ripening fruit, vegetables and other crops around Australia. From January grape picking in the Hunter Valley to autumn apples in Tasmania, October mangoes in the Northern Territory and cherries at Christmas time, the horticulture and viticulture industries employ many travellers and seasoned harvesters.

The horticulture sector is key area of focus for FWO. Our experience of working with employers and employees in the horticulture industry has shown there is often:

What to do next

  • Visit our Horticulture page to learn workplace rights and obligations, read our top tips for workers and get our labour hire guidelines for growers

Help for small business

  • Contact the small business helpline for quick and easy access to our advisers and workplace relations information. Call the helpline on 13 13 94 and press option 3
  • Find tools, resources and information you might need on our Small business page.

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